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Continuous rainfall relieves drought

Due to the recent rainfall and storms in Calif., the statewide drought has been reported to lower or end in some areas. Near the end of 2016, and the beginning of 2017, consecutive rainfall has caused many to wonder whether the drought is over.

The state of Calif. has been in a drought for nearly five years now, with 2014 being the hottest year on record which worsened the drought. Many water conservation laws have been implemented and caused many Californians to think about how they use their water supply. However, the recent weather has suggested that the month of February will receive high amounts of precipitation, according to the Climate Prediction Center.

“Droughts are scary, so it’s good that there’s more rain, so we have more water available for us and our animals,” senior Brandon Gallardo said.

In an article by reporter Darryl Fears for The Washington Post, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said, the northern half of the state that gets more winter rain is drought-free, while much of the middle and southern portion is still in moderate to severe drought.”

Although all the snow and rain seems to be relieving the drought, there is still a long way to go before the drought is completely over.

“It’s going take an awful lot of snow in Northern California and an awful lot of rain in Southern California to get us out of this drought. I don’t predict that we will get out anytime soon,” Tim Barr, Director of Water Resources at Western Municipal Water District in Riverside, said in “Expert: California Drought Far From Over Even With Recent Storms” from CBS Los Angeles.

Later this month, more rain, storms, and colder weather is expected. In order to learn more and be updated about the drought, go to <http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home.aspx>.

 

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